If it had, you'd have seen me here cursing and swearing about it then moving on to figure who I was gonna root for, haha.
Seriously though, what a game... I'm slowly getting a case of the flu I believe, so I decided not to go to my woman's family event today, glad I didn't because my stomach is in 1000x worse shape now than it was this morning when I woke up and I'd be miserable "out".
I loved the game, it was played predominantly well by the Steelers and for my $.02 I think the only flaws were sloppy ref's making sloppy calls, and seemingly making their own rules up to suit them too, and Bettis fumbling the ball on the 1. I love Bettis, but holy **** you have got to be kidding me!? To his defense, it was a really solid helmet hit on the ball, but still where was his other hand? COVER THE F'n BALL! Game's on the line, final seconds, you don't do stuff like that so I hope he got that out of his system and there's no more of it...
I really was hoping for a win over Indy. I knew we were underdogs, I knew it'd be tough, and really there wasn't a WHOLE lot of anymosity till about mid-week some really ****** stuff started leaking... One thing was a guy from here out in Indy went to get a coffee at this coffee shop and the owner wouldn't serve him till he "Took off his Steelers crap". I kid you not, he would not serve the guy. That's just bull****, and childish, and the kind of stuff that actually makes you hate the other city enough that you want the win desperately.
So the Steelers played well for all of the first half, no doubt. To the Ben naysayers I think they've been proven wrong as to what an asset he is, how well he can play, and how he too can dominate a game... His cryptic answer walking off at the end leads me to assume his arm wasn't up to snuff after he took the helmet on it so we were forced to run. Hell, his play after the fumble shall forever be remembered as THE play of the game.
We really did run well against a tremendously skilled defensive opponent, so I give much love to our O-Line today for opening up big holes for Parker and Bettis. I don't think the numbers will show it necessarilly but there was some hard fought wars for a yard, or at times less. I wish the (assumed) arm injury hadn't forced Roethlisberger to throw less though, as he was so on today it would have been fun seeing what he could've done to disect the Colts secondary into the 2nd half.
Pollamallu played tremendously, and he was robbed of an INT that would have, I believe, been the nail in the coffin. Just my opinion though, but I really do believe that would have been it if the ref had actually not been giving himself a thorough colonoscopy. Either way though, Pol's a class act, and the Steelers are lucky to have him.
And to the rest of the Defense, they played tremendously I felt. Lots of sacks, and the Coordinator even said afterwards that they'd never expected to take down Manning that many times but they still did. Porter was shining despite the announcers best efforts to take a **** on the Steelers D almost all day.
Just a heart stopper to watch for a Steelers fan... Good football, some weird stuff to see too.
Oh, one other complaint though... I hate the national announcers generally, but those two today were just horrible. You'd think they had $ on the Colts the way they called it. Sometimes I think I'd be better off turning the volume on the TV off and the volume on the radio way up.